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U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson joined AMEC CEO Barry Hart, center, and then-U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton on the podium at a legislative event in 2010. Her ability to work with both parties in Congress was one reason for her selection as CEO of NRECA.
Emerson to head NRECA
Missouri legislator will advocate for rural communities nationwide
members. “The respect she has from both sides of the aisle and her proven ability to bridge political and policy divides and find common ground will serve NRECA well,” he said. Emerson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 from Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. She serves on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Appropriations, with oversight of the U.S. Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and various government agencies, including the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration. In addition to a leadership role on agriculture, health care and government reform issues, Emerson has won recognition for her work on energy issues, including the NRECA Distinguished Service Award. “Energy has a direct relationship with the vitality of rural America. Without reliable, affordable electricity delivered by electric cooperatives serving thousands of communities, millions of Americans would be left without the energy that brings economic opportunity, unsurpassed quality of life and the promise of growth in the future,” said Emerson. “NRECA is committed to the electric cooperatives of this great nation that fulfill this vital need and work so hard every day to improve the quality of life for their member-owners. I am so very honored to join an outstanding organization to work on their behalf.” Emerson also serves as co-chair of the Tuesday Group, is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and holds a position on the Board of the Congressional Hunger Center. She is the first Republican woman from Missouri to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Emerson graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and held executive roles with the National Restaurant Association and the American Insurance Association before being elected to the first of nine terms in Congress.
lectric cooperatives across the country are applauding the selection of Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson as the new chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. NRECA announced Dec. 3 that Emerson will take over the position on March 1, succeeding long-time CEO Glenn English, who announced his retirement earlier this year. “Jo Ann Emerson has always been an ardent supporter of electric cooperatives and the rural way of life in Missouri, fighting for the best interests of those both in her district and across the state,” said Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives CEO Barry Hart. “Electricity is affordable and reliable in rural Missouri as a result of her leadership on our behalf in our nation’s capital. She will bring that same level of dedication to her new position at NRECA, championing the cooperative difference for members nationwide.” Emerson is the first woman and the second Missourian to head NRECA, following in the footsteps of Maryville native Bob Partridge, who was CEO from 1968 to 1984. NRECA conducted an exhaustive nationwide search to find the best individual to lead the association, which represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. “This is a proud day for Missouri,” said Don McQuitty, CEO of N.W. Electric Power Cooperative in Cameron and member of the NRECA CEO search committee. “It’s been a long process. We looked at several hundred candidates, and Jo Ann continued to make the cut. It became clear she shares in the passion we have for making life better in rural America. We’re ecstatic about Jo Ann’s selection.” NRECA Board President Mike Guidry said Emerson’s background as a member of Congress and a trade association executive — coupled with her extensive knowledge of the issues facing rural America — make her eminently qualified to lead NRECA and represent the interests of our
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2013
Rural Missouri - January 2013
Table of Contents
Turning disabilities into abilities
Aiming to win
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
Marmaduke’s first raid
No strangers to hard work
Rural Missouri - January 2013
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